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With a twist

It’s unusual but I guess these times are rather unusual. We have noted that,
with a 16 day stretch between groceries, there are certain things we run out of. The fresh veggies are the first to disappear and by that point then the milk is almost gone.I grew up on a dairy farm. Running out of milk was impossible. Running out of cream was unthinkable. We rarely ran out of meat, veggies or potatoes either. The pens and the gardens kept us supplied. There was perhaps not a lot of variety to our meat, potatoes, gravy and vegetable meals but they were wholesome home grown food.We haven’t strayed all that far over the years. I baked bread for decades before it was cool and only quit when the kids left home(as an aside I might just do a blog post about how this is such an in thing to do now). We farm gate meat regularly and are thrilled that our daughter and son-in-law are into raising pigs and chickens. Beef has been obtained straight from our rancher, even when we lived in B.C.. Our garden, even in the city, produced a decent amount of food and the bigger farm size one even more.But dairy is a hard commodity to come by as a farm gate commodity. I’ve had the odd line on fresh cream which always becomes ice cream. Recently I discovered a small local dairy producing cheese. It’s great stuff and they’ve done a good job of getting it into a variety of stores. Last spring I was informed that milk is also now available old school! Unfortunately it’s on the other side of the river so it’s a significant drive but perhaps when the ferry is going again I might zip that way one of these days. I read that they also have cream, oh lalala!Ok. I need to pull myself out of the clogged artery clouds and continue on with the trajectory I was headed. I’ve been off on a bit of a side trip here with the grow your own and farm gate produce. I guess that’s my idea of support local versus doing take out.The actual blog post was supposed to be about making due when you run out of an item during a global pandemic.I wanted soup for lunch yesterday as it was cold and windy. The freezer had three options and the most plentiful one (tomato concentrate) required milk. I decided there had to be a way to make it with minimal milk. Turns out the modifications (because why just change one thing?) were excellent. I sauteed up onions, mushrooms, a Thai pepper and some smoked tomatoes that I had froze in the fall. I used that to make the roux with 1/4 milk to 3/4 veggie stock and then used the hand held blender. I then added the tomato concentrate and heated it up. Some home made croutons to serve and it was delicious. In fact better than my usual.All because I had to make do with less. Which makes me feel, once again, so blessed and grateful of our life out here. Physical distancing (still reading/seeing stories about this not happening) is easy, the sunsets are marvelous and we’ve got plenty of good food.On a daily basis the global numbers are climbing and scary. So while I feel safe here it still has a mental impact. It seems, like usual, that staying home is the easy way out. But it’s what we need to do. We are keeping connected. I’ve just touched base with my English cousins and friends that are scattered around the world. They are all hunkered down as well and riding out the storm. It seems here, in Saskatchewan, that the latest word is that we have flattened the curve. It makes sense that the provinces with smaller populations and more rural areas here in Canada are on the down swing while the four biggest densely populated provinces are still struggling, especially in the seniors homes. When the world graph is compared that also holds up although there is certainly a social economic divide in the numbers as well. The world numbers are stark and yet there are protests and complaints about the economic situation. That, in itself, is a topic I’m not even going to touch here. I just really hope that we don’t end up with a rebound curve by going back to “normal”. Although who knows what normal will be.In the meantime stay safe. Stand apart but connected.Bernie


I have had a love of the written word for my entire life. It's no surprise that eventually I found a platform where I could write. It's random; sometimes funny, occasionally sad, maybe even at times from anger and I lean towards creative photography and hands on crafts. I have a few blogs that high light these interests.

2 thoughts on “With a twist

  1. Nothing better than homemade tomato soup. No matter how you make it. Glad you found a solution. I can’t wait for the garden growing season and hope this will give many more choices, but milk here still has to come from the store. Stay well Bernie. Allan


    1. Garden season = work outside season. It’s coming!!
      Meanwhile I do hope to try out this small dairy farmers market and see how it is. Just have to wait for the ferry. Sounds like a good blog post idea I think! Plus a drive. I haven’t been off this property in a vehicle in almost 3 weeks.
      Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

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